Arizona State Prison Complex – Tucson

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Arizona State Prison Complex – Tucson
Location10000 South Wilmot Road
Tucson, Arizona 85734
Population4,902[1] (as of August 17, 2010)
OpenedJanuary 1978
Managed byArizona Department of Corrections
ASPC Unit Security Level
Cimarron 4/4
Manzanita 3
Rincon 4
Rincon Transitory 5
Rincon/Minor 4/5
Rincon Medical 4
Santa Rita 3
Winchester 3
Complex Detention 5
S.A.C.R.C. 2

Arizona State Prison Complex – Tucson is one of 13 prison facilities operated by the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC). ASPC–Tucson is located in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, 127 miles south from the state capital of Phoenix, Arizona.

ASPC–Tucson prison had its beginnings as the Arizona Correctional Training Facility. Its first phase opened in January 1978 and it was fully open by August 1979, housing 384 non-violent male first offenders, aged 18–25. A separate unit held juvenile males convicted as adults, as it does today. The Santa Rita Unit was built in 1982, with the first inmates being received in July 1982.

The 1986–87 building program established the 744-bed Cimarron Unit, creating the Tucson Complex, and added 200 beds to Echo Unit. The Rincon/Santa Rita/Units form a hub, which has buildings for inmate records, health services, maintenance, and a 40-cell central detention unit.

ASPC–Tucson has an inmate capacity of approximately 4,358 in 7 housing units and 3 special housing units at security levels 2, 3, 4, and 5. The ADC uses a score classification system to assess inmates' appropriate custody and security level placement. The scores range from 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest risk or need. ASPC-Tucson is a minimum to high security prison.

In 2009, ASPC–Tucson Echo unit was demolished and a new unit is to be built for around 2,000 minimum custody 1–2 inmates.

Unique programs[edit]

Prison Inner Peace Program was started in 1989 in the Echo Unit by Michael Todd and Richard Wirta,[2] overseen by Thomas L. Magnuson, Psych Associate II [3] of the Echo Behavioral Health Unit. There was reportedly a profoundly lowered recidivism amongst those who completed the program.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ADC Institutional Capacity Committed Population" (PDF). Arizona Department of Corrections. August 17, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  2. ^ "Friends of Peace Pilgrim Newsletter #25, Spring/Summer 1996". Archived from the original on 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  3. ^ "Friends of Peace Pilgrim, Newsletter 21 Springtime, 1994". Archived from the original on 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  4. ^ "Friends of Peace Pilgrim, Newsletter 18 Springtime, 1993". Archived from the original on 2016-12-21. Retrieved 2016-08-05.

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